Karachi: The United States’ (US) Ambassador to Pakistan Paul Jones on Wednesday announced a grant of PKR 155 million that is aimed at the preservation of the historically significant Nusserwanjee Building — with the structure being a popular pre-partition landmark in the city, according to news sources.
The building is said to signify the city’s diverse past and was first built in 1890 by the father of Jamshed Nusserwanjee (the first elected mayor of Karachi).
Ambassador Jones made his announcement during a project launch ceremony held at Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture, and stated that this latest grant would be the US’s third such contribution in Sindh and 23rd in Pakistan — made under its Ambassadors Funds for Cultural Preservation program.
The ambassador further revealed that since 2001, the US had collaborated with the Pakistan government and local experts to provide grants of over PKR 434 million to preserve the country’s cultural sites. He stated that these initiatives were aimed to inspire future generations to preserve the country’s rich and diverse culture.
In this regard, the Sindh Chief Minister’s Adviser on Law and Environment Murtaza Wahab had earlier announced on his social media pages that the Sindh government had decided grant a Protected Heritage status to the city’s old Banyan Trees — found in various districts of Karachi, particularly in Clifton.
This heritage site was built in 1903 and scheduled to be demolished in 1991. Fortunately it was rescued and all it’s 26,000 stone slabs transferred from Kharadar to Clifton and rebuilt at its present site. With a gallery in one section and art studios in the other, it’s a unique re-purposed colonial building of Pakistan.